Why are food samples taken?

We sample to:

• identify potential problems with specific types of food or types of food businesses as part of national or regional studies;
• investigate food poisoning outbreaks and food contamination incidents
• investigate complaints;
• assess food suspected of being sub-standard;
• reassure the public about food safety;
• deliver a more effective food inspection service.

When will a food sample be taken?

Food samples are usually taken in the following situations:
• As part of routine food hygiene inspections to aid assessment of food safety management.
• Investigation of complaints


Food & Safety Team
Email: env.commercial@sstaffs.gov.uk


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